DEMAND MAYOR DEBLASIO #FIREPANTALEO
On July 16, 2018, a full FOUR YEARS after the tragic and avoidable death of Eric Garner by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo using an illegal chokehold, the Mayor's office sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) alerting them that, while the DOJ's investigation was continuing, the NYPD would begin its own internal investigation this fall.
After using the DOJ as an excuse for not holding Pantaleo accountable, the truth is finally out. This letter proves that the Mayor's office has outright lying to our communities all along. The decision to abide by the DOJ request to hold off disciplinary measures against Officer Pantaleo and the rest of the officers who used excessive force and covered up their crimes was a choice. By insisting they could not act until the DOJ completed their investigation, they delayed justice for the Garner family and caused pain and harm to people of color and impacted communities around our city. So while we appreciate the Mayor FINALLY moving towards justice – what is he waiting for?? The video of Mr. Garner being assaulted with excessive force, begging for his life, and crying out that he couldn't breathe while Daniel Pantaleo choked him to death has been seen across the globe. The time for time-sucking investigations and political games are over. We need action now.
Mayor de Blasio brags about being New York's "Progressive Champion" but sat quietly for four years while Eric Garner’s killer remained on the force, receiving significant pay raises after being demoted to desk duty, a six-figure salary and taxpayer-funded security. And now he wants to call for an investigation? The Garner family and community have waited too long for justice. It’s time to end this.
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